It’s a busy busy day

I spied with my little eye………………………the bulbs at Costco! The whole shipment was there and nary a package was out of place. But wow, the price is really really up…..from $7.99 in 2005, $8.99 in 2006, to $12.89 this season. There ARE 60 tulips in a bag or 50 daffs or 120 crocus……..I still consider this to be a good value. The bulbs are very nice and fresh and the color combos are pleasing. Remember tho, please avoid the red and yellow McDonald’s look. I beg you. It also smacks of a Shell gas station. Icky poo. We don’t like that color combo. Please. No.

Look at the fine package of white tulips edged with purple and its companion in the bag: purple tulips. Now, that, my friends, works. Or the package of pink and purple tulips. Or the red and hot pink or the hot pink/orange combo. Cha cha cha.

And no friend of mine would ever ever plant their tulips like soldiers in a row. Here is another bit of advice, and free to you: plant in clumps that are at LEAST a foot in diameter. If those clumps were, say, six inches apart, or at least somewhat random, you will have a nice arrangement. Each of the holes/clumps should have 7 or 9 bulbs. Try to avoid and even number when planting in the garden. The human eye tends to want to split up even numbers and it is distracting. You can do this if you are feeling very expansive and have the room: take a half a bag of the bulbs, say, the 50 daffodils, and kind of toss them out into the garden planting them where they fall. This creates natural looking drifts.

If you have an ounce of gardening mojo left in you at this point in the season, grab a bag or two and prepare to plant. A word of warning: try to keep the bulbs cool, dark and dry for about a month. Then plant them. You really don’t want them in the ground, all warm and toasty, with the sprinklers on. Nonononono. Bulbs like it dry and cool, until spring. That would be in 2008. Yes, this is where gardeners really shine – when they can see into their crystal balls and know that there will be a spring and the little papery tunics hide fleshy little treasures of color and spring glory. Optimists. That’s what we are.